Escalante: His ‘yes’ means a ‘yes’ from me
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
After Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante, Jr. was formally sworn into office yesterday during a ceremony at the Cadiz City Arena, the mayor announced his predecessor, former Mayor Patrick Escalante, the current mayor’s brother, would be given the title “special assistant to the people.”
He went on to say the former mayor’s affirmative would carry the same authority as his.
“If they can’t reach me because I am busy, they can talk to ‘Mayor Patrick,’” the current mayor affirmed. “His ‘yes’ means a ‘yes’ from me too.”
According to a report in 2017, when the current mayor said he was considering running to replace his brother, the former mayor initially said he planned on a “return to private life” after his term ended.
Meanwhile, Escalante also affirmed development of the city’s port, a project that began during an earlier term as mayor, will continue, noting, a private-public partnership may be considered for the venture.
“There have been many investors who [have] expressed interest in developing the port,” he said. “We need to sustain the economy and developing the port is the way to do it.”
Also sworn into office during the ceremony were Vice Mayor Lilia Decolongon and 10 city councilors./DGB, WDJ